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Metro Boomin – Not All Heroes Wear Capes review

RnB/Hip Hop | Tuesday 13th November 2018 | Jake

Metro Boomin, hip hop’s production darling, has released his debut solo project Not All Heroes Wear Capes (NAHWC). The album comes as something of a surprise, with Young Metro’s output considerably minimal this year. The producer had also hinted at retirement only a few weeks before releasing this album.

After a number of collaborative projects established Boomin as hip hop’s star producer, Metro has called upon some familiar features for this star-studded tape. Drake, Travis Scott (fresh from releasing Astroworld), 21 Savage and the afrobeats superstar Wizkid all feature on the 13 track album.

 

 

Whereas the Atlanta native’s collaborative projects have generally disappointed (bar Without Warning, with 21 Savage & Offset), NAHWC’s solo status affords Metro to better tailor appearances to his beats. Gunna is perfectly suited for the surprise hit ‘Space Cadet’, arguably the best song from the album, which is no mean feat considering the wealth of talent packed into the tape.

The most common voices on the album belong to Travis Scott and 21 Savage, who are both afforded numerous verses, as well as whole songs of their own. Of the pair it is 21 who excels, whetting fans’ appetite for his sophomore album, rumoured to be primed for a December release.

Overall the tape is a success, there are not too many features (nor too few), and every collaboration works well. The only disappointment is that it is not as good as the features would suggest. Metro has put the very best in the scene together, but has delivered a tape that will struggle to achieve much replay value, and won’t be in the minds of many when they’re thinking up a pick for album of the year.

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